ENGLISH LITERATURE I
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to gothic themes and stereotypes by means of a diachronic analysis, from the XVIII th century up to nowadays.
Course contents summary
Critical Approaches to the Gothic
The word "Gothic" has a wide variety of meanings. It is used in a number of different fields: as a literary term, as a historical term, as an artistic term, as an architectural term. Starting from the analysis of these dimentions, the course will outline contexts and styles of the "gothic fiction", from the XVIII th century up to nowadays. Our readings will include The Castle of Otranto (1764), Frankenstein (1818), Dracula (1897), The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886), I am Legend (1954) and Martha Peake (2000) . Moreover, we will analyse the mise en scène of these gothic classics.
D. Punter, Storia della letteratura del terrore: il gotico dal Settecento ad oggi, Editori Riuniti, Roma 1997.
G. Silvani, Analisi di un racconto gotico: “Carmilla” di J.S. Le Fanu, Quaderni dell’Istituto di lingue e letterature germaniche, Bulzoni, Roma 1984.
M. Billi (a cura di), Il gotico inglese: il romanzo del terrore 1764-1820, Il Mulino, Bologna 1986.
J. Austen: Northanger Abbey
M. Shelley: Frankenstein
B. Stoker: Dracula
L. Stevenson: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
R. Matheson: I am Legend
P. McGrath: Martha Peake
A. Rice: Interview with the Vampire